Tips for a Smooth Reception Clean-Up

Centerpieces and decor are such an important part of a wedding. They create the beautiful atmosphere that you envision when you dream about your wedding. Therefore, you have probably put a lot of thought into the centerpieces you want to rent or buy and have a plan on who is going to set everything up. However, have you thought about who is going to take it all down at the end of the night? Who is going to take the stuff home with them? And what about the extra food and drinks? These are all questions to ask and solutions that need to be figured out. Luckily, Hidden Creek is here to help you plan a successful reception clean-up!

Usual Expectations

Most couples that are getting married just assume that their family will help clean up the centerpieces, food, and drinks when the reception is over and take them home. However, it’s usually not that simple, especially if it wasn’t communicated. Families might have no room in their cars to take anything home. Next thing you know, your guests are leaving and they aren’t taking any centerpieces back with them even if you bought them and expected them to.

Additionally, after a long night of drinking, your family just wants to go home and relax, eat something or go to bed. They aren’t thinking about cleaning up the venue and picking up the centerpieces, extra food, and drinks. We recommend not setting this expectation on your family or other guests. There will always be some kind of issue that comes up.

How to Have a Smooth Reception Clean-Up

Florists Should Take Greenery Down

Have your florist come back at the end of the night to collect any of their stuff. You and your bridesmaids can still keep your bouquets and anything that is yours. However, if you rented greenery for the staircase, your florist should come to take it down. If they did draping outside or a big floral piece, these are all things they should take down at the end of the night.

Ask If the Coordinator Helps with Reception Clean-Up

Another important factor to consider asking when hiring a coordinator is asking if they help with the reception clean-up. Do they stay till the end to make sure that everything is cleaned up and taken care of by a certain time? If you hire Hidden Creek’s coordinator, she definitely stays to help at the end of the night. If you hire a different coordinator, make sure you ask if they offer this service.

Ask Vendors If They Can Help

Usually, vendors can help with clean-up for an extra fee. We highly recommend paying a little extra to get this helping hand. It will make a huge impact at the end of the night.

Hidden Creek Offers Extra Help

We also can provide you with extra people to come help with the reception clean-up. Just let us know how many people you want to hire and how much tear down you have.

Communicate with Family

Make sure that your family knows that they are the designated person to clean at night. Also, make sure to communicate that they will use their car to store all of the extra stuff. You need to make sure that you have a plan for where all of the stuff is going to go at the end of the night.

Hidden Creek Is Here for You

As you can see, there are many different things you can do to ensure that you have a smooth reception clean-up in place. Hidden Creek is here to help along the way, so just let us know what you need! And if you haven’t checked out our venue yet, make sure you call to schedule a tour! We are here to help create memories that you will cherish forever.